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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

A Boy's Life: 1924

A Boy's Life: 1924

Circa 1924. "Boy with mechanical toy" by Lewis Wickes Hine, taken after his epic, decade-long assignment for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Let's Eat: 1939

Let's Eat: 1939

July 1939. "Congregation gathers after services to talk. Wheeley's [Wheeler's?] Church, Person County, North Carolina." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Mrs. Aks: 1938

Mrs. Aks: 1938

Summer 1938. Uncaptioned. Somewhere in Ohio, possibly Marysville. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Meet the Professor: 1935

Meet the Professor: 1935

October 1935. Resident of Omar, West Virginia, seen here recently. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Earl Smith: 192x

Earl Smith: 192x

Earl Smith, New York National League (Giants). Date written on this glass-plate negative is June 9, 1923. Although another from this 5181 series of pictures taken at the Polo Grounds has "5/13/20" scratched into the emulsion. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Sangre de Cristo: 1943

Sangre de Cristo: 1943

January 1943. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Penasco, New Mexico, looking north into Colorado. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome by John Collier.

 

Anthoston: 1916

Anthoston: 1916

September 13, 1916. Henderson County, Kentucky. "Colored School at Anthoston. Census 27, enrollment 12, attendance 7. Teacher expects 19 to be enrolled after work is over. 'Tobacco keeps them out and they are short of hands.' Ages of those present: 13 to 5." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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